Man Utd have finally found their Robin van Persie replacement but still need to sign a striker

Man Utd have finally found their Robin van Persie replacement but still need to sign a striker

If Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side is serious about dethroning rivals Manchester City next season, they need an elite out-and-out striker.

Manchester United has had an outstanding season by post-Sir Alex Ferguson standards, finishing second with the possibility of significant silverware still on the table later this month.

A meeting with Unai Emery's Villarreal in the Europa League final on May 26 provides Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the opportunity to win his first trophy as Manchester United manager.


There will be few rewards for guessing who won Manchester United's player of the year trophy, with midfield superstar Bruno Fernandes winning it for the second season in a row, his first full season at Old Trafford.

The Portugal international has 18 goals and 12 assists in the Premier League alone, making him the first United player since Robin van Persie in 2012/13 to have 30+ goal contributions in a single season.

The goals have been distributed fairly evenly around the United front line, with Marcus Rashford scoring 11, Edinson Cavani scoring 10, and teen sensation Mason Greenwood scoring seven.

As a result, United has become one of the league's most potent attacking powers, scoring more goals than any other team except Manchester City.

Although Pep Guardiola's side has scored 78 goals on their way to reclaiming the Premier League title for the third time in four seasons, Manchester United has only scored 71.

Many Old Trafford supporters believe that upfront is an environment that should be tackled during the summer transfer window, with a player of the caliber of Erling Haaland or Harry Kane theoretically making the difference between City and United next season.

Cavani has agreed to stay for another season, but the 34-year-old is unlikely to lead United to their first championship since the 2012/13 season.

If Solskjaer pursues Kane, Haaland, or looks elsewhere, United will need every attacker they currently have, as well as any potentially incoming, to be firing on all cylinders if they are to dethrone their 'noisy neighbors' in Manchester City.


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